A.P. Moller – Maersk is committed to the protection of the occupational health and safety of the workforce and of the environment in which we function. Ships, as defined in the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, are built with life cycle considerations in mind. Thus when the ships have reached the end of their operating life, our ambition is to safely recycle them.
A.P. Moller – Maersk aspires to ensure high quality throughout the entire recycling process. Our dedicated team, engaged in the recycling process, consists of personnel with vast commercial, operational and technical experiences. We are therefore able to thoroughly supervise, manage and continuously improve our recycling program.
We are actively participating in the international legislation process of establishing regulations for ship recycling. A.P. Moller – Maersk supports the adoption and ratification of the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships. We will act in accordance with the convention and observe its goals and ambitions. We have a plan to gradually equip existing ships in our ownership and new ships built for A.P. Moller – Maersk with inventories of hazardous materials. We also endeavour to create awareness amongst ship owners, managers, operators and ship recycling yards about the materials onboard.
Subsequently, the following specific policies are established for recycling of A.P. Moller – Maersk owned ships:
Health and safety:
Prior to recycling a ship, we will select a recycling facility that has competently trained management and staff as well as the required standards for health and safety procedures in place. These procedures will provide for safe practices in the recycling operation and a safe working environment. The procedures will also require that the vessel be rigorously checked before it is delivered to the yard. At a minimum, this involves conducting a radiation survey, auditing hazardous materials and highlighting any parts of the ship which require particular care when being dismantled.
We enhance the conservation and protection of the environment and place the environment as a high priority when recycling ships. The process of ship recycling offers an opportunity to reuse significant parts of the ship and its equipment. In that way, recycling makes a positive contribution to the global conservation of energy and resources. A.P. Moller - Maersk encourages the development of environmentally sound ship recycling facilities and aims to use only ship recycling facilities which are ISO 14001 certified.